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Influenza coming in hot, your flu shot isn’t

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Slowly creeping over the horizon is a blanket of nasty green fog swarming with headaches, chills, aches, and nausea, influenza. And it’s starving for immune systems.

We’re still a couple weeks out from peak flu season but the Centers for Disease Control warns this year is going to be a real doozy.

According to Columbus Public Health, per The Dispatch, only 29 cases of the flu were reported at the end of November but in the first week of December alone, that number jumped 41 percent.

If you’re reading this thinking, “Ha, I don’t have to worry about a thing, I got the flu shot.” 

On average, flu shots are about 40 percent effective. Not bad. But this year’s batch is weighing in at only 10 percent effectiveness for the H3N2 strain of the illness. Yikes.

But hey, 10 percent effective is better than zero percent effective so the OhioHealth Doctors Hospital in Columbus are still advising you get poked.

 

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Columbus Marathon Canceled

Julian Foglietti

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The Nationwide Children's Hospital Columbus Marathon has announced the cancelation of its 2020 Marathon. Originally planned for Oct. 18, the marathon is the latest in a string of future events cancelled due to COVID-19. 

Board Chairman Dan Leit stated “The safety of our athletes, volunteers, first responders, team and the entire community is the top priority for our event.” 

The races Director Darris Blackford stated in a press release that “When you think about the best health and safety practices needed to help slow the spread of the virus, holding a major running footrace isn’t the responsible thing to do right now.”

Since its debut in 2012, the race has raised over $10 million for Nationwide Children's Hospitals patients and families. 

There is not yet an announcement on what form of fundraising event will take place instead, and athletes have been sent instructions for how to receive a refund for the event in the meantime. 
View the full release here

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{WATCH} Meditation Monday

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Meditation is continually lauded by doctors, mental health experts, and self-help gurus for the benefits it has on both our physical and mental health. In an effort to offer something restorative, as we navigate these difficult times, (614) is teaming up with meditation experts to bring you moments of rest through all the stress. This week’s meditation is led by Marcia Miller of Yoga on High. An instructor for over 40 years, Marcia is also a Certified Reiki Master Teacher and sits on the community advisory board for The Ohio State University’s Center for Integrated Health and Wellness.

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{Watch} Meditation Monday

Julian Foglietti

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Meditation is continually lauded by doctors, mental health experts, and self-help gurus for the benefits it has on both our physical and mental health. In an effort to offer something restorative, as we navigate these difficult times, (614) is teaming up with meditation experts to bring you moments of rest through all the stress. This week's meditation is led by Marcia Miller of Yoga on High. An instructor for over 40 years, Marcia is also a Certified Reiki Master Teacher and sits on the community advisory board for The Ohio State University's Center for Integrated Health and Wellness.

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